Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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The High Art of Subtle Sex Appeal Look around. Subtlety has become an endangered species.  Sky high heels. Thigh high skirts. Sheer “shirts” that look more curtain than clothing. Instead of mysterious sex appeal, there is an in- your -face slut factor that triggers confusion. Does...

Decisions are draining. And moms make them every moment of every day. Busy moms can create a big style statement with a small but mighty wardrobe of “power basics” that can be mixed and matched.  A “uniform “ of reliable tops, dresses and bottoms that...

Keep It Chic & Sleek  A Chicago winter = deep freeze. The eternal quandary: how to have high style when the temps dip into single digits. Newsflash: We third coasters have made a commitment to avoid the dreaded Michelin Man look at all costs. Our secret?...

Looking stylish does not require dropping loads of cash on designer duds. The trick? Confidence, thrift and vintage shopping serious and the ability to mix and match quality classics with on trend accents. The result is that enviable Je ne sais quoi that emanated from...

Since Mobama stepped out with her sleek inauguration ‘do, “getting banged” has taken on a whole new meaning. Suddenly everyone from JHUD to Rachel Zoe is stepping out with a fringe.  Not every bang style is created equal. Some are super feminine. Some are side...

A Five Minute Fix Cold weather= fun fashion: cozy cashmere, fabulous furs, soft-as-butter leather boots. But, things are not so glamorous on the beauty front. Freezing temps invite a host of winter woes. Hair is crispy, Face is flaky. Hands and elbows are chapped. Under eye...

The Golden Globes red carpet was a lesson in high glam. There was a lot to love. Amidst the fishtails, layers of tulle and lace, fetching style abounded: Sexpot. “Old Hollywood” elegance. Vampy vixen. Retro. And, a few prom queens gone bad. On the trend...

To a mom, a well stocked purse is as essential as a well stocked fridge. Why?  A perfectly prepped purse is designed to benefit the entire family. Aside from money and keys, the purse functions as a magic wand to ward off any number of...

"Busy women have no moments to spare. Believe me, I get it. But I still manage to carve out the nanoseconds required to pull myself together. The trick? Having an arsenal of quickie style solutions at the ready." Here, for the Chicago Sun-Times SPLASH, I show busy...

Here’s your guide to quirky/cool stocking stuffers. Most of them are super inexpensive! 1. American Express Gift Card 2.  Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss $4.99 3. DAVIDsTEA Tea for the Tree $4.50 each or $12.50 for set of three 4.  Cover Girl ”Clump Crusher” Mascara $8.99 5. PRIME TIME SMILE...